Five finalists are selected for the BT/Arnott Pitch ’22 competition

Brown Thomas/Arnotts have selected five finalists for Pitch ’22, an initiative giving Irish start-ups and entrepreneurs the opportunity to sell through Ireland’s best known department stores and online sites – as well as a chance to win a €10,000 business development fund to win.

The initiative aims to support Irish start-ups, small businesses, designers and entrepreneurs across a wide range of sectors – from fashion to beauty, jewellery, lifestyle, circular economy to household and technology.

Among the finalists are Brushdoc, who describe their product as “a revolutionary tool that cleans makeup brushes and sponges in seconds.” Behind the brand is Dublin-based couple Gary and Ciara Malone. A makeup artist by trade, Ciara has spent years working with clients at makeup counters including Brown Thomas, while Gary has a background in accounting

FARO is co-founded by Mairead Ronan, a former presenter and presenter of Today FM at lunchtime Ireland’s fittest family. Together with business partner Debbie Lawless they have designed and developed FARO’s range of brushes to be light and easy to use.

The other three finalists are Fiadh & Finn, a personalized framed gifts company, by Irish watercolor artist Tanya Flynn; Mervue Organic, an organic skin and body care line; and Don’t Kill My Vibe, a jewelry brand founded in 2016 by two full-time fashion designers, Niamh Mooney and Ciara Stewart.


Wendy’s intends to expand its franchise model in Ireland

US burger chain fries an Irish opening

Multinational fast food chain Wendy’s prepares to fulfill its European expansion plans as its boss discusses a big opportunity to move to Ireland.

Last year Wendy’s – listed on the NASDAQ at an attractive valuation of $4.5 billion – entered the UK market with clear plans to expand into Europe and Ireland.

Speaking to analysts, CEO Todd Penegor said it had generated a lot of momentum in attracting franchisees in the UK and there is now an “opportunity to move to Ireland”.

Wendy told it Ergo It actively sought opportunities to leverage its franchise model in Ireland.

Pettitt has earmarked Wexford for acquisition

A landmark in Wexford has been acquired by hotel group Talbot Collection for over €1m.

Last week the property – on the city’s Trinity Street – was bought by the hotel group, which in turn is part of the Pettitt Group.

The site had planning permission for some controversial apartments.

However, said Philip Gavin, managing director of Talbot Hotels Wexford people that it will not be pursuing the housing plan, adding that the location would be an “exciting” addition to the group’s portfolio. Five finalists are selected for the BT/Arnott Pitch ’22 competition

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